Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Amy J. Strefling
Dr. Strefling grew up on Pittsburgh’s west end and is a first generation college graduate. Throughout her childhood and her experience within the Pittsburgh Public Schools system (where efforts to racially balance schools is still a priority today), Dr. Strefling observed the great disparity in opportunities made available to white students as compared to opportunities made available to her African American peers. As the result of witnessing overt prejudice and discrimination toward African American children and adults, she quickly developed a belief that those who are born with “white privilege” have a moral responsibility to promote justice in places where racist attitudes and internalized oppression breed hopelessness and deterioration within our society.
Dr. Strefling earned her doctorate in Education from Arizona State University in 1998 (Dissertation: The Influence of Integrated and De Facto Segregated Schools on the Racial Attitudes of White Students Toward African Americans.) She also received her Master of Education (1996), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (1987) from ASU.
She served Arizona’s children as a middle school and high school teacher for eleven years before moving into administration. Dr. Strefling worked as an assistant principal and a principal in the middle schools of the Isaac School District (1998-2002), and as an elementary school principal in the Tempe Elementary School District (2002-2007). In 2007, she joined the Roosevelt School District and had the great privilege of working with and learning from the late Dr. Sonny Ashegbeyeri. She is currently the Director of Federal Programs and Grant Development in the Cartwright School District. Dr. Strefling has also been an adjunct faculty member of Northern Arizona University since 1999, teaching classes in Leadership, Curriculum Design, and School Law.
Dr. Strefling has published articles and has presented at regional and national conferences at the K-12 and the university levels. In her last year before leaving the principalship, she received the Governor’s Office Award of Excellence for Best Administrator (2006). Amy is an active member of the church, has participated as a group facilitator for MLK Racial Dialogue Groups (City of Tempe), and proudly sits on the board of The Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.